Description: Description: J:\Libraries\Documents\obit pics\Aunchman, W.jpgOBITUARY: Walter William Aunchman

DATELINE:  Middlebury / Swanton

 

 Walter W Aunchman, age 87 passed peacefully into the arms of our Lord in the presence of his family on, June 6th at St. Albans Health And Rehab Center in St. Albans, Vermont.

 

Walter was born in Middlebury, Vermont on October 31, 1924 to the parents of Alexander and Esther{Henrick} Aunchman.  He was raised on Seymour Street in Middlebury, where he and his siblings shared many adventures with the Shaw and Armstrong families. He received his early education in Middlebury, forestalling the completion of high school, at the age of eighteen, he enlisted into army in 1942.  He earned his GED from Middlebury High School after the war in 1946.

 

Description: Description: C:\Users\Cyrille\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\6XW5GRM9\MC910217052[1].pngWalter’s service to his country included, volunteering for the, “Rangers, Third Battalion”, under Col. William Darby.  Wounded in Northern Italy, Walter was transferred to Army medical facilities in North Africa. After recovering from his wounds, he volunteered for the “First Special Forces”.  Walter participated in D-Day and was gravely wounded while serving in central France. After recovering from his wounds he was no longer eligible for combat and he was assigned to the US Army Air Corps. Walter was discharged from the army in the fall of 1945.

 

 On December 27, 1947, Walter married the former Aline Lozier of Fort Kent, Maine. Together they made their homes in Burlington, Vermont, Hartford ,Conn. and settling for over twenty years in Arlington Heights, Ill. Walter was employed by Hamilton Standard as a Quality Control Supervisor for the Midwestern States with a career spanning 34 years in the Aero Space Industry. He worked on projects ranging from propeller driven aircraft to manned space flight and the US Space Station.  Retiring in 1986 the couple built their Dream Home in Punta Gorda, Florida.  They enjoyed many years together, with numerous fishing trips to Maine and Minnesota as well as traveling to Ireland, Italy, and the Hawaiian Islands. Walter and Aline's family included many children sponsored by "World Vision" around the world for over 50 years.

 

In addition to his parents, Walter was predeceased by his wife, Aline in 2003, sisters, Agnes Dumas and Mary Shaw, brothers, Lawrence, Kenneth and Arthur.  Walter’s youngest brother, Clarence was declared MIA in Korea in 1951.

 

He is survived by his nieces Saundra and Alexis Dubois of Swanton, VT, Dawn and Albert Williams, Linda and David Clapper of Burlington, VT, Laurie and Scott Aunchman-Dansig of Richmond, VT, Lisa and William Johnston of Underhill, VT, Karen and Larry King of Bluff City, Tenn., Sharen and David Godwin of Wilmington, NC. Nephews Kenneth Jr. and Carolyn Aunchman of Chesapeake, VA, Vernon and Margaret Aunchman of Norfolk, VA, and Richard Aunchman of Burlington, and a sister-in-law, May Aunchman of Bristol, TN.

 

 

The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at 11 a.m. from The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary  Roman Catholic Church, 326 College St., Middlebury. Father William R. Beaudin will be the celebrant and homilist. The Rite of Committal and Interment will follow at the Aunchman family lot in St. Mary's Cemetery.

 

Friends may call at The Kidder Memorial Home, 89 Grand Ave., Swanton on Monday from 7 to 9 p.m.

 

In lieu of flowers gifts in Walter's memory may be made to the, Alzheimer's Association, Vermont Chapter, 300 Cornerstone Dr., Suite 128, Williston 05495

 

 

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